Two of the latest Hollywood moms to spill the beans on their nursing woes? Amanda Peet and Zoe Saldana. But instead of letting a loose comment slip on the red carpet, they chose to broadcast their struggles to the world, earning some major points with those of us who have slugged through it in relative silence.
Peet, who gave birth to her third child, Henry, in December, offered up her trials and tribulations during a recent interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Specifically, she dished on how painful engorgement is and how she took to stuffing her nursing bra with cold cabbage leaves to stop the milk production.
The good-natured actress even shared a photo her husband took of her wearing said leaves while brushing her teeth. "This is my husband being very amused by my porno boobs even though I'm in excruciating pain," she told Ellen. "[The cabbage] doesn't really work, but it makes for a really great picture." (Um, yes.)
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) January 10, 2015
Parents immediately responded to the social media SOS, offering up everything from their fave nipple creams and gel pads to home remedy ideas, like warm washcloths and soothing music. But mostly, they showered her with lots of love and encouragement because, hey, they've been there, too.
I wouldn't wish breastfeeding problems on anyone, but I do think it's kind of amazing that two high-profile actresses are so open about their less-than-perfect experiences. As wonderful as nursing is for many of us, it can also be an enormous pain. Literally. And as luck would have it, the biggest struggles tend to crop up when you're tired, hurting, and unsure of how to get your body (or your baby) to cooperate. Does seeing Amanda Peet with a bra full of cabbage solve those problems? Of course not -- but it can help you realize that you're not the only one who's still getting the hang of nursing. And sometimes that's enough.
Tell us: Have you tried breastfeeding? Was the experience easier or tougher than you thought?
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up.Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+